…because I can’t stand to see food being used as decor and I cringe at the idea that the carved pumpkin will probably get thrown away at the end of the “carving/decor season”.
It is absolutely NOT my intention to be offensive towards ANYONE’S culture or family traditions.
Perhaps my feelings are based on my particular context.
I live on the African continent where famine and poverty are rife.
I live surrounded by very poor people who would literally KILL for that pumpkin – it’s one of the reasons why there is so much crime where I stay. Poverty and hunger can make people lose perspective and no, it’s DEFINITELY NOT OK but I get it.
In my home, every single morsel of food is carefully budgeted and accounted for. Wasting food is absolutely NOT negotiable and in fact, I come from a home where wasting food was as sinful as gluttony. Fact is, I do know what it’s like to wonder where your next meal will come from – trust me, I do NOT wish that on my worst enemy.
When I see the carved pumpkin being displayed for the purposes of decor, then I think of the man who comes to my door every single Thursday without fail. He comes to collect chicken skins and carcasses that I would normally throw away. He asked me to keep it for him and I freeze it so it’s ready for him. Did you know that it’s a meal for him? Can you even imagine a meal of consisting of only chicken skin and bones?
When I see the carved pumpkin being displayed for the purposes of decor, then I think of my MIL’s neighbour who uses soup bones in her stews because she can’t afford a small packet of chicken or beef pieces.
When I see the carved pumpkin being displayed for the purposes of decor, then I think of my MIL’s other neighbour who had to use her last money for ONE loaf of bread for her family. That was their dinner. Dry bread. They had NOTHING to put on the bread – peanut butter is over R20 these days. Can you even begin to imagine that? Dry bread for dinner?
When I see the carved pumpkin being displayed for the purposes of decor then I get REALLY angry.
Because really, how is it that with famine and poverty and economic meltdowns and struggle, some countries can still do this while others buckle under poverty? Is this a sign of the times? Will there always be this big divide? Haves vs Have nots? Famine vs Fortune?
I really cannot stand to see good food wasted – it is one of my pet peeves. I want to have a heart attack when I see people in my work place throwing away perfectly good food because they are no longer in the mood for it, instead of just giving it to someone. Every single day I run into AT LEAST 4 people at traffic intersections who would LOVE something to eat.
According to google, those pumpkins get thrown away because apparently it’s not good to eat a carved pumpkin after 24 hours. Some folks are sensible and use it to compost. I can live with this. Recycling is better than wasting.
But knowing that perfectly good food gets used for decor and then gets thrown away? I cannot stand the thought.
Am I reading too much into this? Are you big on pumpkin carving? What are your thoughts about food being used for decor and then being thrown away once the purpose has been served?